You probably don't think of the your office as a home away from home, but for New York City-based interior design startup Homepolish, that's exactly what it feels like going to work everyday.
The company, which offers personalized interior design services via a network of more than 500 designers, recently moved into new digs in New York's Flatiron neighborhood, and the interiors are dreamy to say the least.
Wanting to graduate to a larger "big kid office," CEO and co-founder, Noa Santos, chose a space with large windows and an abundance of natural light pouring in.
Looking at the 12,000-square-foot space today, you'd never imagine it once served three separate companies, in three separate work spaces, all with different floors and interior walls.
Not only did Homepolish gut the loft, they replaced all of the flooring and bleaching them for a lighter feel. In all, the makeover took 5 months to complete.
Once the hard part was over, the next step was to decorate — a little. That's when Santos turned to Homepolish commercial designer Shelly Lynch-Sparks to help makeover the space.
"Design is supposed to be something that is organic and continually evolving, so the space really needed to feel like it was finished, but not complete," Santos says. "For us it also had to be flexible to grow as we do."
While part of the office is separated by glass walls that open up into each other, the other half of the space is divided with really tall drapery to open up or close off different areas as needed.
The blue and cream-colored furniture in the lounge area, which came from West Elm Workspace, was also kept relatively flexible so that it could be reused elsewhere in the office in case any of the glass rooms needed to be converted in the future.
Another unique aspect of the office is that it goes against the grain of both the typical cubicle office and the startup communal work space, offering employees a variety of rooms for either solo or group work.
The blush-pink private rooms–punctuated with fun illustrations made by the Homepolish creative team–are great for taking a call or working alone, while the smaller meeting rooms, featuring art leased from Uprise Art, allow for groups of three or four to meet.
Combined with the spacious board room, the dining room for brainstorming or break out meetings, and the lounge spaces, there's pretty much a place for every kind of employee to work productively.
"Some people are introverted and even extroverts sometimes need a chance to just work alone," Santos says. "You should be able to curate for yourself through your 8 or 10 hour workday the exact kind of varied working environment that you want, and that's what this office represents.”
And then there's the kitchen, a favorite hangout spot among Homepolish employees.
Featuring blue cabinetry, brass pulls and a bubble chandelier, it's pretty much the kitchen you wish you could have at home, let alone at work.
"I was kind of selfish and just designed the kitchen that I would want," Santos says. "Rather than going white... I wanted to take a little bit more of a risk with the design and show that bright and white isn’t the only aesthetic you can have for a kitchen."
Just off the kitchen is a cafe area complete with movable barstools, making a perfect area to grab lunch solo or with others while taking a break from work.
"People come in, even on weekends, honestly, just to work, whether they’re working on Homepolish stuff or their own personal projects," Santos says.
With an office like that, we'd consider putting in some extra hours, too.